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Spotlight on Jerk 'N Pickle

We've got so many great new vendors at the market this season! One of our newest vendors at the market is Jerk 'N Pickle, offering an array of pickles and beef jerky, from spicy to sweet to savory! Currently this Read more

Mercado Kitchen: Linguine with Zucchini and Mint

As spring begins to move into summer, more and more vegetables and fruits are popping up at Mission Community Market each Thursday. This past week Tomatero Farm introduced the season's first zucchini and yellow summer squash, while Blue House Read more

Spotlight on Crystal Eyes

By now, many of you know that Mission Community Market is no ordinary farmers market. Besides fostering community, promoting family health, and engaging local youth, our market helps local businesses thrive. MCM diversifies our vendors, reducing competition and providing Read more

Mercado Kitchen: Linguine with Zucchini and Mint

Posted on by BrittanyG in Blog, Blue House Farm, Home Made Ravioli, Marla Bakery, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes, Tomatero Farm, Twin Girls Farm | Leave a comment

zucchinimintAs spring begins to move into summer, more and more vegetables and fruits are popping up at Mission Community Market each Thursday. This past week Tomatero Farm introduced the season’s first zucchini and yellow summer squash, while Blue House Farm across the way had bundles of fresh mint… If you’ve never combined zucchini and mint together, this week’s recipe is a must try! The sweetness of the zucchini is highlighted by the mint when sauteed in fresh olive oil. Combined with Home Maid Ravioli‘s fresh pasta, this dish can be served during spring and summer when the temperature rises and our palates crave cool, sweet flavors.

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Linguine with Zucchini and Mint

Ingredients:
4 zucchinis from Tomatero Farm
1 cup of olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 bag of fresh pasta from Home Maid Ravioli
3/4 cup fresh mint from Blue House Farm, finely chopped
1 tbs. finely grated fresh lemon zest from lemons at Twin Girls Farm
Juice from 1/2 of the zested lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
First, slice the zucchinis very thin, similar to the shape and size of the linguine you will be combining it with.

Heat the cup of oil in a heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot, but not smoking. Fry the sliced zucchini in three separate batches, stirring occasionally, until soft, pale, and slightly golden (about 3-4 minutes per batch). Transfer the lightly fried zucchini by a slotted spoon to paper towels to absorb excess oil.

Once all of the zucchini has been fried, add the chopped garlic to the remaining oil and slightly brown to infuse the flavor into the oil. Remove skillet from heat.

Cook pasta in a 6-8 quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water. Drain pasta in a colander and transfer to a large, shallow bowl.

Toss pasta with garlic oil, fried zucchini, mint, zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Add some of the reserved cooking water to moisten if necessary. Continue to salt to taste. Serve with warmed bread from Marla Bakery.

Mercado Kitchen: California Marinated Artichokes

Posted on by BrittanyG in Blog, Blue House Farm, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes, Tomatero Farm, Twin Girls Farm | Leave a comment

Spring weather is here which means it’s time to drag out that barbecue, wipe it off, and heat it up! At MCM you can now find Blue House FarmTomatero Farm, and Zuckerman’s Farm offering an array of seasonal, local veggies perfect for grilling. Although you can roast almost any vegetable, this week’s recipe highlights the flowering artichoke drenched in healthy oils and grilled (or roasted in the oven) to a crisp, hearty perfection.
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You probably have a bottle of olive oil sitting on their counter for use during cooking, but what you may not know is how beneficial olive oil is to one’s health. A study conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine found that those who ate up to four tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil a day cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes by 30 percent compared to other low-fat diets. This recipe uses fresh extra-virgin olive oil to enhance the flavor of the artichokes while providing you with a heart-healthy dose of deliciousness!

California Marinated Artichokes

(Recipe has been adapted from the Tony Baker Rio Grill in Carmel, California)

Ingredients:
For the Grilled Artichokes
1 cup of White wine
2 tbs. of Fresh lemon juice from Twin Girls Farm
3-4 Artichokes from Blue House Farm

For the Marinade
1 1/2 cup Extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
2 stalks of Green garlic from Blue House Farm
1 tbs. Fresh oregano, thyme, and marjoram, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Cut off the top 1/3 of artichoke and trim the tips of leaves. Fill a large pot with enough water to cover artichokes, and add 1 cup of white wine and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the water. Boil the artichokes in the water, wine, and lemon juice for about 25 to 30 minutes until soft. The wine preserves the color and gives the artichokes a deep, unique flavor.

Set aside the cooked artichokes and prepare the marinade by combining 2 cups of olive oil with 1 cup Balsamic vinegar, 2 stalks of fresh green garlic, 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, and 1 teaspoon fresh marjoram. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix well.

Once artichokes have cooled, spread the leaves out slightly with a spoon to allow the marinade to infuse into all parts of the artichoke. Drizzle artichokes with the marinade, setting aside enough to coat each artichoke after cooking.

If you would like to grill the artichokes: Wrap each artichoke individually in foil. Place on hot coals in grill for about five to seven minutes. Remove from foil and brush with remaining marinade. Serve hot.
If you do not have a grill, roast them in the oven: Place the marinated artichokes on a pan and cover with foil. Bake at 400 degrees for about 7 minutes. Remove the foil and broil for another 5 minutes to crisp the tips of the leaves. Brush with remaining marinade. Serve hot.

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Mercado Kitchen: Char-Broiled Asparagus

Posted on by BrittanyG in Achadinha Cheese Company, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes, Terra Savia, Twin Girls Farm, Zuckerman's Farm | Leave a comment

Mission Community Market is happy to welcome back Zuckerman’s Farm to the market! This beautiful 1,500 acre, multi-generational farm in Stockton brings a plethora of bright green asparagus to the market each week, as well as potatoes. Stop by the market this week, grab a bundle, and broil these babies for a tasty meal with the family!

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Char-Broiled Asparagus

Ingredients:
Bundle of jumbo asparagus from Zuckerman’s Farm
2-3 tbs Olive oil from Terra Sávia
1 Lemon from Twin Girls Farm, cut into wedges for serving
1/2 tsp Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup of Freshly grated Capricious cheese from Achadinha Cheese Co.

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Gently break the bottoms off of each asparagus and lie in a foiled sheet pan. Drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper on top of the bundle and place in the oven; cooking for roughly 10-15 minutes. Once this time passes, remove the asparagus and sprinkle the cheese across all of the stalks. Add a dash of grated lemon zest for a light kick and place back in oven for 3-5 more minutes on broil. When removed, the stalks should be lightly crispy and the cheese just barely golden. Enjoy with a wedge of lemon and pasta alfredo (which you can also grab at Home Maid Ravioli!)

Mercado Kitchen: Eggs Benedict with Oyster Mushrooms

Posted on by BrittanyG in Arizmendi Bakery, Far West Fungi, Great Valley Poultry, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes, Twin Girls Farm | Leave a comment

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This week’s recipe combines three different recipes to create one delicious breakfast treat, perfect for any Sunday morning. Seize the opportunity to learn how to create your own home-made buttermilk biscuits, a delightfully easy mushroom hollandaise sauce, and poached eggs. Stop by the market this week to pick up some fresh oyster mushrooms from Far West Fungi, a lemon or two from Twin Girls Farm, and some delicious cage-free organic eggs from Great Valley Poultry to delve into morning creativity! Recipe to follow after the jump!
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Mercado Kitchen: Navel Orange Pound Cake

Posted on by BrittanyG in Blog, Great Valley Poultry, Mercado Kitchen, Recipes, Twin Girls Farm | Leave a comment

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The love that we express on Valentines Day does not have to be just once a year… Extend the love with this week’s Navel Orange Pound Cake recipe! Treat your partner every day of the week and show them (and their stomach) the love they deserve. And speaking of love… We are happy to welcome back Twin Girls Farm to the market this season! Come by their stall to pick up some delicious navel oranges, lemons, blood oranges, pomelos, and mandarins. Get ready for their wide selection of apricots, cherries, grapes, guavas, jujubes, nectarines, peaches, persimmons, plums, pluots, pomegranates, and more as the year goes on. Their amazing variety will change as the season moves into spring and summer. This week’s recipe features their sweet and juicy naval oranges, perfectly ripe and dangerously addicting. Try out our Navel Orange Pound Cake recipe, adapted from Ina Garten’s Pound Cake recipe, after the jump! Read more

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